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What does 68 Division 1 NCAA teams duking it out against each other with nothing else but a pair of good sneakers, one basketball, sweat, grit, and sheer determination look like? It looks like March Madness, where conference teams compete for one invitation — an invitation to the big show: the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship. This is a show worth watching, and cable shouldn’t hold you back, especially if you consider yourself among the millions of college basketball fans. Follow along to find out where and when to watch March Madness cable-free.

Here are a few of our favorite ways to stream March Madness:
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$69.99 - $82.99 85+ none Watch Now
$69.99 - $159.99 140+ 5 days Watch Now
$40 - $60 30+ - 130+ 3 days Watch Now
$4.99 - $99.99 N/A 7 days Watch Now

When and Where Is 2024 March Madness?

As usual, March Madness kicks off with the First Four — the first four games played in the tournament over two days. Here's a quick look at how the tournament is set up:

  • The First Four: March 19 – 20
  • First and second rounds: March 21 – 24
  • Regionals: March 28 – 31
  • Final Four: April 6
  • NCAA championship: April 8

The tournament starts in Dayton, Ohio, and ends with the final in Glendale, Arizona. Multiple cities around the country are hosting the other games, including Brooklyn, Charlotte, Pittsburgh, Boston, Dallas, Los Angeles, and more.

Selection Sunday was on March 17, and with that, we've got our bracket for the tournament. Check out the 2024 NCAA bracket for who's playing on which day, time, and channel.

How to Watch 2024 March Madness Online Without Cable

The NCAA March Madness Live app is the easiest way to watch every tournament game. Unfortunately, it requires an active account with a cable provider. Unlike other streaming services, it’s not possible to buy an NCAA subscription.

Fellow cord-cutters shouldn’t worry though. There are several ways to watch March Madness without cable. All March Madness games will stream via Hulu + Live TV. The games will air on various channels, including TBS, TNT, and TruTV, and CBS will air games in most markets. You can also watch the games on other live TV services, such as YouTube TV, Sling TV, and fuboTV, which include the channels mentioned.

Watching the games on Paramount Plus is another option. It’s more affordable than a live TV service, but Paramount Plus only airs the games on CBS. It could be a great, money-saving option if you don’t mind the limited selection of games. You can also watch CBS Sports without cable by hooking up a digital receiver to your TV and tuning in to your local CBS station.

Overall, here are the best ways to stream March Madness this year:

Can I Watch 2024 March Madness on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, or Chromecast?

Great news: our favorite streaming options for March Madness work really well with our favorite streaming devices and platforms. It's a breeze to set up live TV streaming options like Hulu + Live TV on devices like the Roku Ultra. You don’t need to pin yourself to a TV to watch March Madness events. Take it on the go with you on most smartphones, tablets, or other smart devices.

More College Basketball Streaming Recommendations

Madness is a state of mind, so don't limit yourself to streaming just the big games. If you're looking for news, recaps, and coverage, we recommend streaming ESPN or FS1 network. ESPN Plus is a robust streaming choice for die-hard sports fans, as it will augment your regular sports diet with even more live sports, news and analysis, event replays, and on-demand sports documentaries and specials.

Don't forget that the women's NCAA tournament is in March, too. That tournament's home is the ESPN family of networks. And when all is said and done, get ready for next year by checking out our complete guide to watching college basketball without cable, from the opening tipoff to the final buzzer of the championship game.

4 thoughts on “How to Watch 2024 March Madness Without Cable

  1. Faye says:

    You can watch all the games on the Internet. Use an incognito window of Chrome so you don’t get timed out.

    1. Jasen Asbury says:

      What site

  2. Kathleen Phillips says:

    What about the women’s games? Always left out!

    1. charley says:

      the last paragraph mentions the women’s being on ESPN

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